Spain must clamp down on doping – UCI

Last Updated: Oct 02, 2010, 14:19 PM IST

Geelong: Spain’s goverment should do more to eradicate the country’s doping problem in the sport of cycling, International Cycling Union (UCI) president Pat McQuaid said on Thursday.

The UCI said Olympic cross country cycling medallist Margarita Fullana had been provisionally suspended for testing positive to EPO on Thursday, making her the fourth Spanish cyclist to be suspended for positive drug tests in the last three days.

Tour de France champion Alberto Contador’s suspension due to a positive test for clenbuterol was announced on Thursday shortly before the suspensions of Tour of Spain runner-up Ezequiel Mosquera and fellow Spaniard David Garcia Da Pena.

“The government needs to first of all recognise there is a problem and I don’t know that they’ve actually recognised it as a problem,” McQuaid told reporters at the road world championships in Geelong on Saturday.

“Then they need to sit down with the sport and put a lot of measures in place .... Cycling’s an important sport in Spain.

“The sport deserves the support of the government into trying to ensure they can completely clean their act up.”

The raft of suspensions has rocked the road world championships in the port city of Geelong and has harmed cycling’s fight to cast off its image as sport riddled with drug cheats.

Bureau Report